Mayawati threatens to resign from RS, BJP objects to her conduct

Mayawati's resignation today should thus be seen as the BSP supremo's well-planned strategy to take on the BJP in 2019 elections with new zeal and enthusiasm. I have fought elections and been a member of both houses and I have reached here because I raised the issues of my community.

After the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech on anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, she made it clear by saying, "Let me speak or I will resign". Over a period of time she became isolated and politically unavailable, building a wall of secrecy around her. Once she mobilises good enough support, I am sure the BJP would threaten her with the Central Bureau of Investigation.

"Downheartedly, I am taking the decision to resign from the Rajya Sabha".

The BJP on Tuesday called Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati quitting the Rajya Sabha a "political stunt", while Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad full support in opposing the BJP's anti-Dalit politics.

After her term expires, she has little chance of getting reelected as her party has only 19 legislators in the Uttar Pradesh assembly.

With changing narrative of Dalit politics, Mayawati has no option left but to ramp up the rhetoric against BJP.

In her resignation from the Parliament, Mayawati likened her exit to resignation of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, as Law Minister from Nehru cabinet in 1951 over differences on Hindu Code Bill. But her influence has been on the wane in recent years amid the growing influence of the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asking her to conclude her speech within the given time limit infuriated her to such an extent that initially she threatened and later resigned as an MP of Rajya Sabha. By resigning now, she can tell them that by doing so she upheld their pride and Parliament was not a fit place for her. If I can't raise the issues of my community in the House, I have no right to stay here. "It is best if she just concentrates on UP to recover lost ground and that alone would be enough to catapult her into a position of national prominence".

  • Latoya Cobb